Assisi, Italy with Dr. Ron Siegel: October 2019

The Nature of Mindfulness

Awakening the Heart of Peace and Healing

October 6 to 12, 2019

in Assisi, Italy

Dr. Ronald Siegel, Dr. Larry Cammarata, & Linda Cammarata RN, RYT 



Our retreat is located at Castello Petrata, close to the medieval town of Assisi, in the Umbria region of Italy, which has been described by Lonely Planet as, "Italy's green heart…a land unto itself, the only Italian region that borders neither the sea nor another country. Removed from outside influences, it has kept alive many of Italy's old-world traditions." Please see the videos at the bottom of this page, which provide an overview of the Umbria region and a detailed look at Assisi.

Castello Petrata is a castle perched high upon a peaceful plateau in the countryside outside of Assisi. The birthplace of Saint Francis, Assisi is recognized as a spiritual World Heritage site. Castello Petrata was built from an ancient 14th century fortress, close to the Basilica of Saint Francis. You will visit ancient villages, hike in beautiful forests, explore Assisi, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and get to know the friendly local Italians. 

The retreat includes educational classes that focus upon the applications of mindfulness, compassion, and mindful movement for your clients, patients, and students. Scheduled excursions and free time for personal exploration and relaxation are included. 

THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

For qualified health professionals who complete both programs listed below, a total of 23 CE credits are offered to Professional Counselors, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists, and Registered Nurses. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

The Nature of Mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Siegel

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to  sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 14 continuing education hours upon completing this program.

This educational program includes an examination of the theory and application of mindfulness as related to: anxiety, depression, and stress related medical disorders. The program will provide an understanding of clinical choices that therapists should consider when tailoring mindfulness practices to the needs of individuals. Participants will learn skills of: mindfulness meditation for stress reduction, mindful movement and body-oriented awareness practices to facilitate the mind-body connection, mindful communication skills to strengthen relationships, mindfulness to enhance problem solving abilities, and mindfulness as a practice to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Participants will apply knowledge of current mindfulness research findings to clinical practice. Applying the insights of mindfulness-orientated psychology to clinical practice and adapting mindfulness practices to meet the needs of special clinical populations (e.g., children, trauma survivors) will also be included in the training.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

· Describe the three core elements of mindfulness practice.

· Identify common denominators in psychological difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical disorders and how mindfulness practices can be used to address these.

· Specify seven clinical choices therapists should consider in tailoring mindfulness practices to the needs of particular individuals.

· Describe core insights from Buddhist psychology and how they can inform, enrich, and enliven the practice of    psychotherapy.

· Indicate ways to adapt mindfulness practices to meet the needs of special populations, such as children and trauma survivors. 


Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation with Dr. Larry Cammarata

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to  sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 9 continuing education hours upon completing this program.

This educational program integrates the application of mindfulness, mindful movement, and body awareness in the treatment of medical and psychological disorders. The skill of enhanced body awareness can support the presence of both client and clinician. Mindful movement can add dynamism and energy to the treatment process, literally “moving” our clients towards the experience of wholeness while facilitating embodied insight.  We will examine mindfulness, mindful movement, and body-oriented strategies designed to facilitate self-regulation, mood stabilization, and enhanced concentration. The application of mindful movement and body-oriented interventions in the treatment of various psychological disorders will also be covered.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:  

Describe the essential elements that define mindfulness.

List the key components of mindful movement.                                          

Summarize the status of current research in the field of mindful movement.                                                                                      

Assess how the practice of mindful movement can be applied in the treatment of psychological disorders.                                                                                  

Define self-regulation and mindful movement, explaining their relationship to one another.                                                                                                            

Explain how acceptance-based interventions such as self-compassion meditation complement mindfulness-based interventions.                            

List the benefits of mindful movement and body-awareness practices in the context of mindfulness-based therapy.                                             

Explain why mindfulness is not always sufficient to reduce suffering and distress.


Retreat Includes:

Mindfulness practice and clinical applications of mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Siegel

Mindful movement for self-regulation: Mindfulness and mindful movement classes with Dr. Larry Cammarata

Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

Accommodations for 6 nights and 7 days at the scenic Castello Petrata 

Daily breakfast and gourmet dinner, plus scheduled lunches at Castello Petrata

Scheduled transportation to Assisi

Tour of the medieval village of Spello with a local art historian, including an optional hike along the Roman aqueduct

Guided hike in the “Bosco di San Francesco” (Woodland of Saint Francis)

Tours of Eremo delle Carcere (a mountain forest hermitage of Saint Francis) and Rocca Maggiore (a medieval fortress that overlooks the town of Assisi)

Optional spa services

Optional truffle hunting with local guides

7.5 CE credits for massage therapists through NCBTMB.

For qualified health professionals who complete both programs, a total of 23 CE credits are offered to Professional Counselors, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists, and Registered Nurses. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Questions? Email Linda Cammarata


"I cannot put into accurate words how meaningful the Assisi seminar was both on a personal and professional level. You and Larry are such fluid examples of 'global citizens', your practice and facilitation demonstrate such loving beauty.  Thank you for the inspiration to live my truth, take my seat at the table of mindful psychotherapists, and trust that which is fluid within me. We have much to digest in the richness of the seminar. We have grown as individuals, which has allowed our relationship to awaken.” 

L.C., CMHC


Retreat Fee, Registration, and Contact Information

$2650(check) or $2750 (credit card): USD per person, double occupancy, airfare not included

Private rooms are available for an additional $500.00 fee.

Registration and Contact Information: Please email Linda Cammarata to register or to inquire about private room availability prior to submitting your payment. After registering, you may pay by credit card by clicking on the "Pay Now" button below. 

Phone: 828-712-8421



Please see the photos, videos, and instructor bios below.


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MEET OUR TEAM


Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. is Assistant Professor of Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain and the recent volume, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy



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Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT and Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. have been teaching mindful movement practices for over 20 years. Linda specializes in the healing benefits of yoga, qigong, and meditation as applied to self-regulation for stress, mood, and sleep management. Her classes are uplifting and supportive. Larry is a clinical psychologist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina who specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and education. His work on mindful movement was presented at the 11th Annual International Scientific Conference of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. He is an instructor of Taijiquan and Qigong who has received advanced training in China and in the US. Linda & Larry teach at yoga teacher training programs and lead international mindfulness-oriented retreats. They share a passion for mindful movement, music, and travel.





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 Castello Petrata


Photos from previous Assisi retreats

Mindful movement in the beautiful gardens of Castello Petrata


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October mornings often greet us with a magical mist that disappears into the sunshine of the day.


The expansive grounds of Castello Petrata provide many scenic tranquil spaces for rest and relaxation.


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The ancient village of Assisi is a friendly place that offers culture, points of historical interest, inspiration, and great food.

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Assisi is a place where you will want to get “lost” in one of its many enchanting alleyways.The cobblestone streets can easily transport you to earthly delights of gelato and cappuccino as well as spiritual nourishment.

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Members of our joyous group atop the 14th Century “Annamaria Tower”, discovered during a walk through the Woodland of Saint Francis.

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This statue of Saint Francis greets you as you enter his mountain hermitage. Notice the inclusive religious symbols that surround him. Everyone is warmly welcomed here.

Rocca Maggiore is a medieval fortress that sits high upon a hill overlooking Assisi.

Terzo Paradiso (Third Paradise) is a land art installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto consisting of 121 olive trees. You will learn about its symbolism during our retreat. This photo was taken from the top of Rocca Maggiore during our October 2017 visit.

VIDEO: Assisi, Italy


VIDEO: The Umbria Region of Italy

      © L. Cammarata 2017